"The Lambeth Walk was a popular dance in London in 1939 and included a hand gesture with the Yiddish "Oi!".
New Zealand-born filmmaker Len Lye edited together different versions of the music (including Django Reinhardt on guitar and Stephane Grapelli on violin), and combined them with a variety of abstract images painted and scratched directly onto film, without using a camera.
The film was made with public money - scandalizing some government bureaucrats!"
This work is part of a collection of 80 of New Zealand's best music videos, curated by broadcaster James Coleman, has been added to nzonscreen.com today. More are promised in the weeks ahead.
Len Lye - Govett Brewster, New Plymouth, NZ
I adore Len Lye. So does Govett Brewster who have a fabulous collection of his work as well as being home to his archive and the Len Lye Foundation. For more on all this, as well as news on the planned Len Lye Centre, see here.
We are the Lambeth Boys - extract -
1. Len Lye on You Tube
Swinging the Lambeth Walk is also available on YouTube, here, courtesy of Govett Brewster. There are also other Len Lye films on view.
British Film Institute: - see You Tube channel, here